Stephen Colbert, liberal satirist and self-proclaimed “television’s foremost Roman Catholic” reports on Pope Benedict’s resignation amid rampant rumors of a homosexual sex and blackmail scandal. The Vatican has neither confirmed or denied this story as of the writing of this article. From Gawker:
Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports that gay Vatican prelates were being blackmailed by people with knowledge of their network, which met and had sexual encounters in “a villa outside the Italian capital, a sauna in a Rome suburb, a beauty parlour in the centre, and a former university residence that was in use by a provincial Italian archbishop.”
The network was supposedly detailed in a 300-page report to the Pope put together by three cardinals who were looking into the “Vatileaks” affair, a series of Papal dispatches which were stolen and leaked by Pope Benedict’s butler last May. The report was given to the Pope on the same day he reportedly decided to resign.
We think this person from Gawker’s comment section, as well as Colbert, a Catholic himself, bring up interesting points. What do you think?
So we have a highly secretive, highly political institution whose members must be unmarried men who repress their sexual urges, led by an arch-conservative control-freak who presided over cover-ups of child abuse. And now you’re telling me that he might be resigning because there’s a secret homosexual faction in the Vatican that’s being blackmailed under his watch?
This is my surprised face.
Tomorrow, Pope Benedict XVI will make his last public appearance, circling St. Peter’s Square in the Popemobile. The Vatican has revealed that he will reside at a monastery being converted for him inside Vatican grounds and hold the title, “emeritus pope.”
Watch the clip, courtesy of Comedy Central:
More on the specifics of the scandals, courtesy of ABC News: